How to Play the Piano Chords for Blue Train

Learning to play the title track from John Coltrane's "Blue Train" album on the piano can seem like a difficult task because of the unusual chords. The main chord progression is largely made up of seventh chords, with some minor chords of differing variations added in. The piano progression backs up Coltrane's saxophone work, and learning the chords can help you play the rhythm section of the track. The chords in the song include B flat seven, C minor, F minor and F minor seven.

Play C minor, including the C and G below middle C. The opening C minor chord includes the C note an octave lower than middle C, the G above that, and the E flat and G above that.

Shift your hands into the position required to play F minor seven, including the F below middle C. Along with this note, play the F above middle C, the A flat above that, the C an octave above middle C and E flat. Play the notes below middle C with your left hand to make the progression easier.

Use your left hand to play B flat which is just over an octave below middle C, and the A flat below middle C. Play D and F just above middle C with your right hand. This is a B flat seven chord. After this, play a C minor in the same way as before, except with middle C in place of the lower G.

Play B flat minor seven, playing the B flat just under middle C with your left hand. Play the A flat above middle C, the D flat above that, and the F above that.

Play E flat minor seven next, which is made up of the E flat below middle C, the E flat an octave up -- just above middle C, the G a little farther up, the B flat slightly higher than that and the D note over an octave higher than middle C.

Play F minor, including the F below middle C, middle C, the A flat above middle C and the C note just above that.

Place your hands into position and play F minor seven, in a different variation than before. Use your left hand to play the F, over an octave below middle C; and the E flat above that. With your right hand, play middle C and the A flat above it. After that, revert to the B flat seven chord you played earlier.

Repeat the opening C minor, but with the E flat at an octave higher. Next, play an A minor seven, using your left hand for the A just over an octave below middle C and the G above that. Use your right hand to play the E and C above middle C.

Use your left hand to play the D and A below middle C as part of the D seven chord, and your right hand to play middle C and the F sharp above it.

Play the G below middle C and the D above it with your left hand. Play B flat and D about an octave above middle C with your right hand.

Use the second variation of F minor seven followed by B flat seven. Play the second variation of C minor followed by the first version of F minor seven. Finish on B flat seven, with the D located just above middle C moved up an octave. Listen to the track for the rhythm (see Resource).





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